Survey shows North Sea recruitment situation remains difficult
30 May 2013
An industry wide survey of North Sea Oil companies found that 70% are struggling to recruit quality candidates, and the recruitment crisis is set to get worse. The quarterly industry survey, released by Oilandgaspeople.com found that the UK industry will need to recruit and train 125,000 new staff in the next 10 years if they are to fill the gap as workers retire.
More than 44% of the oilfield workforce is already aged over 45 years of age and many are already hitting retirement age. The survey found that while the tax breaks for the industry were promoting record investment it was also creating an even greater demand for already scarce skilled professionals.
The survey found which roles the oil and gas industry were finding it hard to recruit. Of the Oil and Gas companies surveyed, 75% could not recruit sufficient subsea specialists, 65% project engineers, 38% drilling specialists, 37% HSE specialists, 25% geoscientists and 25% well engineers.